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What is hawthorn and why do people take it?

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Hawthorn is a shrub whose fruits, flowers, and other parts have been long used as medicine. It’s thought, but not proven, to help with heart problems, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. But more research is needed.

Hawthorn fruit can be eaten as food. They’re also sold in cans and as jam, candy, and drinks.

From: Hawthorn WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Edwards, J. , July 2012. Phytochemistry

Natural Standard Bottom Line Monograph: "Hawthorn."

Yang, B. , June 2012. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture

Natural Standard Professional Monograph: "Hawthorn ( )." Crataegus laevigata, C. oxyacantha, C. monogyna, C. pentagyna

National Institutes of Health: "What is heart failure?" "What causes heart failure?"

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on June 15, 2017

SOURCES:

Edwards, J. , July 2012. Phytochemistry

Natural Standard Bottom Line Monograph: "Hawthorn."

Yang, B. , June 2012. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture

Natural Standard Professional Monograph: "Hawthorn ( )." Crataegus laevigata, C. oxyacantha, C. monogyna, C. pentagyna

National Institutes of Health: "What is heart failure?" "What causes heart failure?"

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on June 15, 2017

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